Bruins Clinch Best Record Since 1994
Nov. 15, 1999
at No. 15/No. 14 USC - Nov. 19, 1999 - Los Angeles, CA/North Gym
Having clinched UCLA's best Pac-10 record since the 1994 squad finished 16-2, the Bruins now have their sights set on the team's first Pac-10 title since the 1993 team went undefeated in conference play. A win Friday at cross-town rival USC will guarantee that the Bruins finish no worse than co-champions with Stanford.
The UCLA-USC series stands 47-35 in the Bruins favor, and UCLA holds a 16-11 advantage when playing at USC, and a 26-22 advantage away from home, a mark that includes 21 neutral-site matches. Friday's tangle is scheduled for 6 p.m. at USC's North Gym.
This Week's Schedule - November 15-21
The Bruins play their final Pac-10 Conference match of the 1999 season this Friday, as they travel to cross-town rival USC for a 6 p.m. matchup with the Women of Troy. The match will be available on broadcast.com with Lou Riggs and Michael Sondheimer calling the action.
Fri. Nov. 19 at USC (#15/14) Los Angeles, CA 6:00 p.m. PTUCLA Quick Facts
1999 Overall Record: 24-2 1999 Pac-10 Record: 16-1 Ranking: 6th, AVCA/USA Today 6th, Volleyball Magazine Head Coach: Andy Banachowski Career Record: 869-202 (33rd season) Website: www.uclabruins.comUCLA Clinches Best Pac-10 Record Since 1994 With Sweep
Victories against the two Oregon schools last weekend brought UCLA's Pac-10 record to 16-1 on the season, guaranteeing the school's best conference record since the 1994 NCAA runner-up team finished 16-2 in the Pac-10. The week started off with a quick victory over Oregon, 15-0, 15-4, 15-2. The Ducks hit just -.081 in the match, to the Bruins' .556. Had UCLA's hitting percentage been just .001 higher, it would have tied the fifth-best mark in Pac-10 history.
The following night was senior night, and senior OH Lyn Embree took advantage of the occasion. Playing for the first time since tearing her achiles tendon last spring, Embree started the match and posted 10 kills, four digs and two block assists in two games on the floor. Sophomore Kristee Porter led all players with 16 kills, while three Bruins, Ashley Bowles, Michelle Quon and Erika Selsor, finished with double-figure digs at 14, 11 and 10, respectively. Head Coach Andy Banachowski
In his 33rd season on the Bruin bench, UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski remains one of the top coaches in his profession. On Oct. 24, 1997, he was the first women's volleyball coach to be inducted into the National Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, MA, and was the first women's coach in history to record 800 career wins (869-202, 33rd year). The only other collegiate volleyball coach, men's or women's, with more career wins than Banachowski is UCLA men's coach Al Scates, who notched career victory number 900 during the 1997 season. Banachowski played under Scates at UCLA and also got his start in coaching with Scates. Under Banachowski's leadership, the Bruins have won six national championships, including three NCAA titles. Career Updates
Many Bruins are busy moving up on the school's career lists this season. Kristee Porter became the second-fastest person in NCAA history and 16th Bruin to record 1,000 career kills, doing so in her 50th career match. Her 1,058 kills (as of 11/15) is 15th in Bruin history and is third among the Pac-10's active players. Junior middle blocker Elisabeth Bachman is now ranked in all three career block categories with 79 block solos (6th), 418 total blocks (7th) and 339 block assists (7th). Among active Pac-10 players, she ranks second behind Stanford's Kerri Walsh (454 TB). With 2,687 career assists, sophomore setter Erika Selsor ranks second on the Pac-10 list of active setters, and fifth in Bruin history.
Pac-10 Title Tiebreakers
Bruins Lead Four Pac-10 Individual Statistical Categories
Since the team's first weekend of play, UCLA has held 21 opponents to a team hitting percentage under .200, and are responsible for three of the Pac-10's top-five hitting percentages this season. Three times, against Idaho State at the Pioneer Classic , on Oct. 1 at Washington State, and last Thursday against Oregon, opposing teams have finished the match with a negative team hitting percentage. In all, the Bruins have held 22 of 26 opponents (including the opponents in 15 of 17 Pac-10 matches) under .200, and 12 teams have been held under .100. Five teams have hit .200 against the Bruins: Minnesota (.237), Hawaii (.240) and Arizona (.220 on Oct. 22), while Stanford (11/5) is the only team to hit over .300, posting a mark of .340 in the Cardinal's Nov. 5 victory.
Setting Everyone Up
Sophomore Ashley Bowles has spent much of the season at opposite hitter, and has set for the Bruins at the end of numerous matches. Her setting experience paid off for the Bruins in the key match on Oct. 22 at Arizona. With regular setter Erika Selsor in the front row in game five, Banachowski was able to replace Selsor with middle blocker Angela Eckmier, giving UCLA a better blocking weapon in the front row. Bowles was the only setter on the floor for seven rallies in game five, and finished the match with eight assists.
Five-Game Match Notes
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